Limerick mother’s plea to have son locked up

David Hurley

Reporter:

David Hurley

Limerick Courthouse
A MOTHER pleaded with a judge not to grant her son bail as she is living in fear of him and feels he is a danger to her and her family.

A MOTHER pleaded with a judge not to grant her son bail as she is living in fear of him and feels he is a danger to her and her family.

Christopher Clancy, aged 22, who has addresses at Hyde Road and Lord Edward Court appeared before Limerick Court accused of breaking into his mother’s house.

Mr Clancy is also accused of breaching a barring order at his mother’s home in the Castletroy area on the same date - November 11, last.

When the case was called at Limerick Court, Insp Dermot O’Connor said their was no garda objection to a bail application made by solicitor Julieanne Kiely.

However, speaking from the body of courtroom, the defendant’s mother - Fiona Clancy - said she wished to object to bail.

In her evidence, she said she is “living in fear of that young fella” who she claimed has been “following me and threatening me for the last ten months”.

Ms Clancy, who has three other children, said there have been ongoing difficulties for the past five years during which time she was assaulted by her son.

Judge Eugene O’Kelly said Mr Clancy enjoyed a presumption of innocence in relation to the charges before the court but he assured Ms Clancy he was “listening to what you are saying”.

He informed her that he was imposing strict bail conditions on her son adding that if he breaches any of them, bail will be revoked.

“If it goes on one more day he will be in breach (of his bail),” said Judge O’Kelly.

The defendant was ordered to live at an address at Lord Edward Court, Prospect and he must obey a nightly curfew from 10pm to 8am.

He must sign on daily at Roxboro Road garda station and he must not have any contact with the alleged injured party or any witnesses.

Mr Clancy was also ordered not to have any “direct or indirect contact” with his mother or her three other children.

An independent surety was approved by the court as a condition of bail.